Namibia’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-sex couple

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03/07/2022

Namibia’s Supreme Court has ruled that a government ministry must reconsider a same-sex couple’s appeal for residence rights. Namibia Supreme Court Chief Justice Peter Shivute said Monday that the Ministry of Home Affairs should look again at an application for resident status from Mexican national Guillermo Delgado. Delgado, who is in a same-sex union with Namibian national Phillip Luhl, argued that he is domiciled in Namibia and therefore does not need a visa when entering the country. The two men have been at the center of controversy regarding travel documentation and their status as a married couple in a country that does not recognize same-sex marriage. Speaking to VOA, LGBT activist Ndilokelwa Nthetwa said the court’s ruling, while narrow, is a win for the couple’s case.

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